The blog has moved to: http://kotobaandsign.blogspot.jp to be under the name Kotoba & Sign.
Feel free to look through this "old" blog as well as hop over to the "new" one!

In this blog you will find information and stories of our experience with signing. Please feel free to ask questions and leave comments! このブログでは、私たちのサインを使った経験からの情報や体験談を紹介します。お気軽に質問やコメントを残してくださればと思います。どうぞよろしくお願いします。

Why Sign? どうして手話(サイン)なの?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Before we speak, we babble...
Before we babble, we listen.

It is the same with babies who are learning to sign.  Before they make clear signs they will move their hands around in an attempt to sign.  Even before then they will react to other people signing.  A smile, a squeak, reaching for the signing hand... these are all reactions that my 5 month old has when she likes what we are signing.  Take a look...
I sign "milk" to ask if she wants some and in response she gets excited, reaches for my hand and puts my finger in her mouth to suck.  When she isn't hungry she'll either push the hand away or turn away.

The other day the 5 month old was on the floor making noises and movements which my husband didn't understand but 3 yr. old big brother knew what she wanted and was able to help by telling daddy that the baby wanted to be picked up.
Signing is a great way to help siblings communicate too!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sign of the Week

This was one of me son's first signs and it looks like my daughter may be signing it soon too!
The Sign of the Week (for last week...) is dog.

Signing Pop Songs

Did you catch this in the news?
You can see Ally's youtube page here:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sign of the Week

"My Turn" is this week's Sign of the Week.
Don't miss "cry" which was the sign last week.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

In The News...

Did you catch this on Christmas Eve?
It aired in the US on NBC...
While the classes seen here are not Baby Signing Time classes it is still the same idea... teaching ASL, a real language, to babies so that communication is smoother.
We are living proof that signing with babies works. :-)


Here is a Japanese kids song which we have adapted for reviewing signs...
As you can see both kids love it!

The words are simple...

2x gu-choki-pa (rock paper scissors)
2x nani tsukuro? (what can you make?)
migi te wa _(name shape)__ de  (right hand makes ___ shape)
hidari te wa __(name shape)__ de  (left hand makes ___ shape)
___(name of the sign)____
If you have any questions I can be reached at heidi@signingtimeacademy.com

Please e-mail me if you live in Japan but are not in a location where classes are offered. I can help you get started with Baby Signing Time and/or Signing Time.

日本に住んでいて、近くに手話のクラスがない場合などは、メールをくだされば、質問に答えたり、皆さんが Baby Signing Time や Signing Time を始めるのをお手伝いできると思います。



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